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David vs. Goliath: Upsets of the Week

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Thursday, 03 January 2013

By candidate master Peter Zhdanov, editor of Pogonina.com

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In this special weekly column we will be looking at the most unexpected upsets that happened last week. Players usually face opponents of a comparable level. Considerably less frequent are situations when a significantly lower-rated player succeeds in beating a much stronger adversary.

This is the first episode in 2013.

Top-10 upsets:

Gray (1720) - Truong (2335), 1-0, 615 points
Johansen (2018) - Volodin (2506), 1-0, 488 points
Napast (2093) - Zagorsek (1619), 0-1, 474 points
Klauser (2370) - Hoang (1930), 0-1, 440 points
Corrales (2617) - Feldberg (2179), 0-1, 438 points
Hebden (2547) - Duff (2114), 0-1, 433 points
Napast (2093) - Grah (1664), 0-1, 429 points
Truong (2335) - Ulrich (1927), 0-1, 408 points
Maris (2086) - Plat (2483), 1-0, 397 points
Meduri (1992) - Cornejo (2375), 1-0, 383 points

Average gap: 451; White won 4 games, Black won 6 games (new record!)

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FIDE January 2013 Rating List

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The first FIDE rating list in 2013 includes 47 players rated 2700 or above. Magnus Carlsen, Vladimir Kramnik, Wang Hao, Dmitry Andreikin, Rustam Kazimdzhanov and Ding Liren broke their personal records.

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Magnus Carlsen is now the highest-rated ever player in the history of chess. Congratulations!

Rank Old
Rank
Name Country Title Rating Old
Rating
Games
  1 1 Carlsen, Magnus NOR GM 2861 +13 2848 8
2 3 Kramnik, Vladimir RUS GM 2810 +15 2795 8
3 2 Aronian, Levon ARM GM 2802 -13 2815 8
  4 4 Radjabov, Teimour AZE GM 2793   2793 0
  5 5 Caruana, Fabiano ITA GM 2781 -1 2782 11
6 7 Karjakin, Sergey RUS GM 2780 +5 2775 11
7 6 Anand, Viswanathan IND GM 2772 -3 2775 8
  8 8 Topalov, Veselin BUL GM 2771   2771 0
9 13 Nakamura, Hikaru USA GM 2769 +9 2760 8
10 11 Mamedyarov, Shakhriyar AZE GM 2766 +2 2764 11
11 10 Grischuk, Alexander RUS GM 2764   2764 0
12 15 Morozevich, Alexander RUS GM 2758 +10 2748 11
13 9 Ivanchuk, Vassily UKR GM 2758 -8 2766 4
14 19 Wang, Hao CHN GM 2752 +15 2737 13
15 16 Svidler, Peter RUS GM 2747   2747 11
16 14 Gelfand, Boris ISR GM 2740 -11 2751 11
17 12 Kamsky, Gata USA GM 2740 -22 2762 11
  18 18 Gashimov, Vugar AZE GM 2737   2737 0
19 23 Leko, Peter HUN GM 2735 +3 2732 11
20 17 Jakovenko, Dmitry RUS GM 2734 -7 2741 10
21 22 Ponomariov, Ruslan UKR GM 2733 +1 2732 11
22 25 Andreikin, Dmitry RUS GM 2727 +4 2723 6
23 33 Adams, Michael ENG GM 2725 +15 2710 8
  24 24 Tomashevsky, Evgeny RUS GM 2725   2725 0
25 20 Dominguez Perez, Leinier CUB GM 2723 -11 2734 11
26 21 Wojtaszek, Radoslaw POL GM 2723 -11 2734 11
27 26 Volokitin, Andrei UKR GM 2722   2722 4
  28 28 Areshchenko, Alexander UKR GM 2720   2720 0
29 27 Giri, Anish NED GM 2720   2720 0
30 31 Vachier-Lagrave, Maxime FRA GM 2711   2711 0
31 32 Moiseenko, Alexander UKR GM 2710   2710 0
32 34 Navara, David CZE GM 2710   2710 0
33 50 Kasimdzhanov, Rustam UZB GM 2709 +13 2696 11
34 45 Ding, Liren CHN GM 2709 +7 2702 4
35 36 Malakhov, Vladimir RUS GM 2709   2709 4
36 35 Cheparinov, Ivan BUL GM 2709   2709 0
37 38 Naiditsch, Arkadij GER GM 2708   2708 0
38 37 Shirov, Alexei LAT GM 2708   2708 0
39 40 Le, Quang Liem VIE GM 2705   2705 0
40 42 Riazantsev, Alexander RUS GM 2705   2705 0
41 43 Akopian, Vladimir ARM GM 2704   2704 0
42 39 Nepomniachtchi, Ian RUS GM 2703 -4 2707 6
43 44 Bacrot, Etienne FRA GM 2703   2703 0
44 54 Berkes, Ferenc HUN GM 2702 +9 2693 9
45 30 Jobava, Baadur GEO GM 2702 -9 2711 4
46 56 Bruzon Batista, Lazaro CUB GM 2701 +9 2692 9
  47 47 Fressinet, Laurent FRA GM 2700   2700 0

Largest gains: Kramnik (+15), Wang Hao (+15), Adams (+15), Carlsen (+13), Kasimdzhanov (+13), Morozevich (+10)
Toughest losses: Kamsky (-22), Aronian (-13), Gelfand (-11), Wojtaszjek (-11)

Now let's take a look at the ladies' ratings:

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Both Antoaneta Stefanova and Anna Ushenina earned 25 rating points per month, but only Anna became the Women's World Chess Champion after defeating her competitior in the final match!

Rank Old
Rank
Name Country Title Rating Old
Rating
Games
  1 1 Polgar, Judit HUN GM 2696 -9 2705 8
2 3 Hou, Yifan CHN GM 2603 -3 2606 4
3 2 Koneru, Humpy IND GM 2597 -13 2610 4
  4 4 Muzychuk, Anna SLO GM 2582 -4 2586 8
5 6 Dzagnidze, Nana GEO GM 2555   2555 0
6 5 Zhao, Xue CHN GM 2554 -11 2565 12
  7 7 Lagno, Kateryna UKR GM 2547 -6 2553 4
  8 8 Kosintseva, Nadezhda RUS GM 2531 -8 2539 8
9 10 Sebag, Marie FRA GM 2530 +9 2521 8
10 12 Cramling, Pia SWE GM 2518 +2 2516 4
11 13 Kosintseva, Tatiana RUS GM 2517 +2 2515 6
12 19 Stefanova, Antoaneta BUL GM 2516 +25 2491 14
13 9 Cmilyte, Viktorija LTU GM 2515 -9 2524 4
  14 14 Harika, Dronavalli IND GM 2514 +2 2512 10
15 16 Ju, Wenjun CHN WGM 2505 +4 2501 14
16 18 Ruan, Lufei CHN WGM 2501   2501 0
17 15 Khotenashvili, Bela GEO IM 2498 -6 2504 2
18 17 Kosteniuk, Alexandra RUS GM 2495 -6 2501 4
19 20 Zhu, Chen QAT GM 2491   2491 8
20 21 Zatonskih, Anna USA IM 2491 +2 2489 4
21 11 Gunina, Valentina RUS IM 2490 -27 2517 16
  22 22 Paehtz, Elisabeth GER IM 2482   2482 0
23 29 Huang, Qian CHN WGM 2478 +13 2465 11
24 37 Ushenina, Anna UKR GM 2477 +25 2452 14
25 23 Pogonina, Natalija RUS WGM 2475 -3 2478 6
26 25 Muzychuk, Mariya UKR IM 2471 -5 2476 6
27 38 Zhukova, Natalia UKR GM 2471 +20 2451 6
28 26 Hoang, Thanh Trang HUN GM 2469 -1 2470 4
29 24 Danielian, Elina ARM GM 2466 -10 2476 8
  30 30 Tan, Zhongyi CHN WGM 2466 +2 2464 3
31 34 Javakhishvili, Lela GEO IM 2461 +6 2455 10
32 31 Atalik, Ekaterina TUR IM 2461   2461 0
33 27 Galliamova, Alisa RUS IM 2459 -9 2468 6
34 33 Mkrtchian, Lilit ARM IM 2458 +1 2457 8
35 32 Krush, Irina USA IM 2458 -1 2459 6
  36 36 Munguntuul, Batkhuyag MGL IM 2453   2453 0
37 39 Hunt, Harriet V ENG IM 2450   2450 0
38 35 Dembo, Yelena GRE IM 2448 -6 2454 2
39 41 Socko, Monika POL GM 2445   2445 6
  40 40 Peptan, Corina-Isabela ROU IM 2443 -4 2447 7
41 42 Moser, Eva AUT IM 2443   2443 0
42 28 Girya, Olga RUS WGM 2441 -26 2467 14
43 47 Khurtsidze, Nino GEO IM 2437 +9 2428 4
44 43 Skripchenko, Almira FRA IM 2436 -5 2441 2
45 44 Cori T., Deysi PER WGM 2434 -4 2438 2
46 45 Guo, Qi CHN WGM 2431 -1 2432 6
47 46 Bodnaruk, Anastasia RUS IM 2430 +1 2429 2

The women's top list of highest-rated players ever remains unchanged.

Biggest gains: Stefanova (+25), Ushenina (+25), Zhukova (+20), Huan Qian (+13)
Toughest losses: Gunina (-27), Girya (-26), Koneru (-13), Zhao Xue (-11), Danielian (-10)

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Most Successful Chess Players in 2012 according to ACP

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The Association of Chess Professionals is maintaining a ranking system which indicates how active and how successful the players have been each year. Here are the top-10 lists for the Open and Women's Tours in 2012.

Open:

Player Tournaments Pointssort ascending
1 Caruana, Fabiano 11 3519
2 Karjakin, Sergey 6 2653
3 Jakovenko, Dmitry 9 2601
4 Vachier-Lagrave... 13 2305
5 Ivanchuk, Vasyl 8 2300
6 Nakamura, Hikaru 7 2031
7 Mamedyarov, Sha... 6 1749
8 Andreikin, Dmitry 8 1596
9 Edouard, Romain 10 1511
10 Kamsky, Gata 5 1449

Full standings

Women:
Player Tournaments Pointssort ascending
1 Hou, Yifan 8 3141
2 Muzychuk, Anna 10 2468
3 Koneru, Humpy 8 2407
4 Lahno, Kateryna 11 1740
5 Stefanova, Antoaneta 7 1324
6 Kosintseva, Nadezhda 6 1313
7 Zhao, Xue 7 1279
8 Kosintseva, Tatiana 5 1162
9 Kosteniuk, Alexandra 9 1116
10 Pogonina, Natalia 4 1095

Full standings

At least 8 qualifiers of the ACP Tour will be invited to play in the ACP Cup in 2013. A few wild cards may also be granted.

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Chess Week on Twitter

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Saturday, 29 December 2012
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Pogonina.com offers you a selection of some of the most informative chess tweets from last week. All the fresh chess news in one short post:

Get well, Viktor!


Hoogeven (Netherland) wins the World City Chess Champion


Chess goals for 2013

We were not the only ones to find his performance surprising

Pan-American Championships are underway

A chess holiday for the kids

RCF: Right after the NY a session of Boris Spassky's chess school will take place in Satky

Tournament overview

Confessions of a chessoholic

Which game would you pick?

The omnipresent chess jargon


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David vs. Goliath: Upsets of the Week

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Wednesday, 26 December 2012

By candidate master Peter Zhdanov, editor of Pogonina.com

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In this special weekly column we will be looking at the most unexpected upsets that happened last week. Players usually face opponents of a comparable level. Considerably less frequent are situations when a significantly lower-rated player succeeds in beating a much stronger adversary.

A delicate question that I would like to address today is that some of the results featured in our weekly hit list may be a product of cheating. In fact, a few GMs have expressed their opinion that Borislav Ivanov's recent performance was too good to be true for a players of his level. However, presumption of innocence is still in place, so his games haven't been removed from the top-10.

Top-10 upsets:

Bohak (2068) - Gunsek (1603), 0-1, 465 points
Spelec (2066) - Murko (1634), 0-1, 432 points
Kozul (2638) - Ivanov (2227), 0-1, 411 points
Kukurin (1802) - Babic (2177), 1-0, 375 points
Murk0 (1634) - Tolic (1976), 1-0, 342 points
Ivanov (2227) - Kurajica (2565), 1-0, 338 points
Kevlishvili (1941) - Mamejarova (2277), 1-0, 336 points
Ivanov (2227) - Zelcic (2560), 1-0, 323 points
Senders (1967) - Pel (2288), 1-0, 321 points
Vogel (2166) - Plat (2483), 1-0, 317 points

Average gap: 366; White won 7 games, Black won 3 games

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Alexey Dreev won Russian Rapid Grand Prix Final

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Experience vs. youth - super GM Alexei Dreev and IM Vladislav Artemiev, photo (C) russiachess.org

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The Russian Rapid Grand Prix final was a knock-out event featuring 16 players. The prize fund was 1.4 million rubles (about $45,000); 1st prize - 320,000 rubles. It was held in Kirov on December 23-24.

The major sensation of the tournament was Vladislav Artemiev's performance. The 14-year old IM has one of the highest ratings on PlayChess and his own fan club on VKontakte.ru (the largest Russian social network), where his fans publish a lot of funny demotivators about their hero. In the Rapid Grand Prix final he defeated such a solid GM as Alexander Galkin, Russian Chess Champion Dmitry Andreikin and another chess prodigy - GM Sanan Sjugirov.


Here is a typical example of the art. The caption reads: "Vladik, thank you for the draw!"

1/8-final
Dreev (2748) - Kim (2068): 2-0
Andreikin (2712) - Dordzhieva (2091): 2-0
Savchenko (2634) - Ubiennykh (2329): 2-0
Sjugirov (2665) - Sukhareva (2248): 2-0
Stukopin (2517) - Ponkratov (2624): 1.5-0.5
Artemiev (2536) - Galkin (2623): 2-1*
Maletin (2595) - Yudin (2621): 2-1*
Shomoev (2488) - Smirnov (2627): 2-1*

*In the case of a tie an Armageddon game had to be played.

1/4-final
Dreev (2748) - Maletin (2595): 2-0
Shomoev (2488) - Savchenko (2634): 2-0
Artemiev (2536) - Andreikin (2712): 1.5-0.5
Sjugirov (2665) - Stukopin (2517): 2-1

1/2-final
Artemiev (2536) - Sjugirov (2665): 2-0
Dreev (2748) - Shomoev (2488): 1.5-0.5

Final

Dreev (2748) - Artemiev (2536) : 1.5-0.5

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Chess Tactics

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Two tasks:
a) Find the best continuation for Black
b) How would you evaluate this position?

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Chess Week on Twitter

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Pogonina.com offers you a selection of some of the most informative chess tweets from last week. All the fresh chess news in one short post:

Russian Rapid Grand Prix final will be a knock-out event featuring 16 GMs, starting on Dec. 23rd

End of the world was delayed

World Mind Games have taken place in Bejing

Christmas Puzzler from Chess.com

Good luck!

Was 2012 a good year for your chess-wise?

25 cities are participating; Paris is the top seed

After 5 years the chess legends are leading 3-2 over the ladies

Quote of the week


A LOTR fan's delight


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Sport Accord World Mind Games

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The World Mind Sport Games have been taking place since 2008 in five disciplines - chess, checkers, go, bridge and Chinese chess. This year's edition was held in Bejing, China. Many of the world's top players decided to take part in rapid, blitz and blindfold chess competitions. Here are the tournament results:

Rapid chess, men


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The results of the rapid competition were sensational indeed - very few people expected Laurent Fressinet to win, while the reigning World Rapid Chess Champion Sergey Karjakin and such elite GMs as Levon Aronian and Vassily Ivanchuk finished close to the end of the tournament standings.

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Rapid chess, women

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The rapid women's event was hard-fought and went to Kateryna Lahno, who had a better tie-break score than Hou Yifan, Koneru Humpy and Anna Muzychuk. The World Women's Rapid Chess Champion Antoaneta Stefanova finished 7th.

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Blitz chess, men


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Sergey Karjakin won the blitz section convincingly with a 1.5 point lead over Hikaru Nakamura, who, in his own turn, managed to score 2 points more than the players who shared 3-5 places. World Blitz Chess Champion Alexander Grischuk was placed 7th.

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Blitz chess, women

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Ex-Women's World Chess Champion Alexandra Kosteniuk is known for her remarkable blitz skills. She won the competition ahead of Anna Muzychuk (who had the same number of points and a worse tie-break score).

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Blinfold chess, men
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Levon Aronian finally broke his string of upsetting performances and won the blindfold division. The main disappointment was Alexander Morozevich's result. After all, he is known as one of the best blindfold chess players in history.

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Blindfold chess, women
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The youngest Women's World Chess Champion (and already a former one) Hou Yifan achieved a great result in blindfold chess - 6/7. Her only loss came to Viktoria Cmilyte, who got silver. Anna Zatonskih finished at clear third.

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David vs. Goliath: Upsets of the Week

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In this special weekly column we will be looking at the most unexpected upsets that happened last week. Players usually face opponents of a comparable level. Considerably less frequent are situations when a significantly lower-rated player succeeds in beating a much stronger adversary.

A few of the games have been played in a rapid chess event, hence the large rating gaps.

Top-10 upsets:

Vasquez Garrido (1458) - Sandoval Lopez (2172), 714 points (new record!)
Male (2119) - Rublevsky (2688), 1-0, 569 points
Gosciniak (2099) - Nyzhnyk (2637), 1-0, 538 points
Khamidov (2095) - Miton (2626), 1-0, 531 points
Goh (1794) - Medina (2313), 1-0, 519 points
Lim (1863) - De Ramos (2362), 1-0, 499 points
Sandoval (1485) - Pabol Sarmiento (1952), 1-0, 467 points
Minina (2057) - Bryzgalin (2485), 1-0, 428 points
Trubchaninov (1939) - Rozhko (2359), 1-0, 420 points
Pushkov (2404) - Sunzhukhanov (1986), 0-1, 418 points

Average gap: 510 points (new record!); White won 9 games, Black won 1 game

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